Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has launched the FCT 2019 second round Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and the enrolment of area council employees in the FCT Health Insurance Scheme.
The minister disclosed that the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) has been set aside specially to deliver a package of key maternal, newborn and child survival interventions that proved to reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortalities in the territory.
Dr Ramatu also revealed that FCT has shown over 400 per cent performance improvement in eight years as in the last first round 2019 MNCHW, adding that a coverage of 98 percent was achieved against 24 percent in 2011.
She further revealed that reports of studies, particularly the recent report of 2018 National Demographic and Health Survey, have shown FCT coverage of fully immunised children at 49 percent which is above the national average of 31 percent.
She further acknowledged that considerable achievements have been made through MNCHW to improve the current Maternal, Newborn and Child Health indices, but stressed that the authorities still need to do more to ensure that all eligible children, newborn and mothers are covered with interventions that will improve their nutritional status and general health.
She said:”Since my inauguration and deployment to the FCT, I have engaged with stakeholders in health and social services subsectors at all levels and it is important to mention that we have developed a blueprint for positively touching the lives of all the residents of FCT by way of a 5-year, 2019 to 2023, strategic plan.
“The launching of the enrolment of all area councils employees in the FCT health insurance scheme today is one of such initiatives to increase access to good quality health services towards achieving universal health coverage for the FCT.”